Our Ugly Christmas Sweater Party!



Our 1st Annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party was a smashing success!


Eric and I rocked out his and hers Dollarstore Christmas socks! ;) More on our outfits later…

The last thing I made yesterday was SANGRIA!


This bowl has a lot of history…it was my Father in Law’s mother’s bowl that was handed down to us!

It was my first time making Sangria. I was short on time so I didn’t make the traditional version with heating up sugar and water to make syrup, however my easy version still tasted lovely!


  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 4-5 cans club soda
  • Agave nectar (to taste) I used 3-5 T maybe?
  • Lots of ice
  • 1 lemon, sliced
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 bottle POM juice


It was a big hit. Not too sweet which was really nice!




Eric made the veggie platter! Crunch, munch, crunch. Plus the gourmet dip (salsa + hummus)- so easy!

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My Pumpkin Spiced Cinnamon Stix and Creamy Peanut Butter ‘Yogurt’ Dip (left) and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Spelt Cookies + Vegan crackers (right):

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GLO BARS! They went FAST…I wish I had made more.

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Our neighbors brought over meatballs, which the men promptly gobbled up. ;) Emily also brought over a Christmas Log Cake!

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Alex brought Spiced Almonds and a tea towel from her recent trip to Barbados! Unfortunately, Emily, Alex, and Emily’s boyfriend Kyle had to leave early and we forgot to snap some pictures together! Oops!

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Christmas Glow:


I also made this centrepiece out of a huge martini glass and bulbs:



Eric bought a green turtleneck and red vest from Value Village (thrift store)! Merry Xmas visor is from Dollarstore.


He sewed all of the Christmas decals onto the red vest himself!!!!


Yes, he sewed on santa too!

My outfit was made up of Dollarstore flashing antlers, Dollarstore Xmas earrings + jingle bell ring, OSGMOM’s Christmas sweater, a white v-neck tee, red plaid PJ pants, red nails, and Dollarstore Xmas socks!


I felt so comfy and fabulously fashionable, of course!!!

Then it was time for door prizes and the male and female winners!


We had a good turn out…there were about 20 of us throughout the evening! Luckily everyone gathered in the basement, so my main floor still looks CLEAN! ;) Love that.

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We also had the heat turned down to just 64F so everyone didn’t roast in their sweaters!


The female winner, Jamie:


Tacky Awesomeness.

And the male winner, Henrick:


He’s Swedish and obviously super cool. Best costume ever!!!!!!!!!!!!

The winners posed with their loot! FYI- they are also MARRIED! lol. Could there be a cuter couple!?

Don’t worry it’s FAKE fur! I was glad I didn’t have to go all PETA on her ass. ;)


Henrick won an Oral-B Pulsonic electric toothbrush. A HUGE thank you to Oral B for donating this fabulous prize for our party! Jaime won a box of candles and a ‘Peace’ 4-hook wall plate (not shown).


One of the door prizes was a fabulous Jewelry hanger. Carly was over joyed! ;)


It was such a fun night!

I only had 2 beers the entire night! I think this is the best I have felt after a big party…ever. ;) I definitely don’t drink like I used to. I find as I get older I realize that I don’t need to rely on alcohol to have a good time. Maybe it is just being more comfortable in my own skin?

I’m still fairly tired…didn’t get to bed until 2:30am and Eric not until 4am! lol.



  • Clean up the huge mess of bottles (boy, those men drink like FISH!)
  • Treadmill hill Workout (GOAL: Speed 4.2, incline 15% for at least 35 mins)
  • Glo Bakery work- I had a huge influx of orders yesterday that need to be prepared to ship out.  Don’t forget if you place an order this weekend, it will ship out first thing Monday morning!
  • Still no word on my CTV interview…bahhhhhh.
  • Laundry/start packing for trip
  • Catch up on emails (I’m SO behind!!!!!!!!!)

Have a LOVELY last weekend before Christmas! HOW IS IT THE 20th TOMORROW?? I just need to buy one gift for Eric and I am done, thankfully!

What about you…do you have many gifts left to buy? Are you a last minute shopper or an early bird?


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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is December 19, 2009

What a fab party! Love your decor and appetizers, Ange! :)


chandra h December 19, 2009

loll!!!! that’s hot


Tasha - The Clean Eating Mama December 19, 2009

OMG! Sooo much fun! Everything looked awesome and so did all of the ugly sweaters!

I am a last minute shopper – although I wish I was an early bird! But I don’t get stressed about present buying. I do what I can and that’s all – I would rather enjoy the time spent together then what is under the tree.


Ameena December 19, 2009

What a cute idea…your house looks beautiful too!


Madeline @ Greens and Jeans December 19, 2009

Your house looks great and your food looked SO GOOD! Of course, the outfits weren’t too shabby either!


Jessica @ Dairy Free Betty December 19, 2009

ahahaha.. that guy’s costume was awesome!! (both were awesome) but his was fantastic… best costume of all time!!

Looks like a lot of fun!!!


Patrice December 19, 2009

You guys executed Operation Tacky Christmas Sweater Party just perfectly. This post made my day! My own overly-decorated home is beckoning… only a few finals stand in the way…


Chloe (Naturally Frugal) December 19, 2009

What a fun party, looks like it was a great success! These kinds of things definitely put me in the holiday mood, I can’t wait for XMAS (we’re going to Hawaii!!!).


Kristine December 19, 2009

What a fun looking party! I have the same jewelry hanger! Love it :)


Natasha December 19, 2009

You guys looked so cute!!! The food looked awesome! Points to Eric on the sewing :-)


Kristine December 19, 2009

oh and if it makes you feel better, my clinic at school was interviewed by a news station about the effects of ipods and hearing loss, and we weren’t featured until the following week after the interview!


Bronwyn December 19, 2009

Nice Sweaters!!!! lol. Man I so want an ugly christmas sweater. :)

I’ve become a last minute christmas shopper, mainly because of exam period. Can’t really justify taking a day of shopping when there’s exams to study for. Though it would be a much more fun (and possibly useful?) way to spend the day.


Bree December 19, 2009

don’t scare me like that…i’m pretty sure it’s the 19th :p hahahaha


lyss December 19, 2009

it’s only the 19th :) you look gorge!


Cassie December 19, 2009

Bahahaha Henrick’s pants and boots…hilarious!


Shannon (The Daily Balance) December 19, 2009

so much fun! Sangria looks great! ;)


Steph December 19, 2009

looks like so much fun! sorry that i missed it!!


Mellissa December 19, 2009

I have been such a procrastinator this year! I have so much left to do.


VeggieGirl December 19, 2009

I get all my shopping done ahead of time – I hate fighting the crowds, haha.

What a fun party you had!


Katie December 19, 2009

Great looking party! I wish I was there!

The sangria recipe sounds amazing!

Do you love doing incline workouts on the treadmill? I did a short one this morning with 12-15% incline, my butt needed it!

Happy weekend,



Estela @ Weekly Bite December 19, 2009

Looks like such a fun party!!! LOVE the outfits!


rhodeygirl December 19, 2009

uhhhhh Today is the 19th hahahaha! The party looked lovely!


Tay December 19, 2009

HOW FUN!!! Such a fun time with friends :-) I am done with shopping!! yay. Such a relief :-)


Fit Lizzio December 19, 2009

Wow those are some hilarious outfits!! Love it. Glad you had a good time!

I dropped off some stuff at Goodwill today and saw a rack full of UGLY christmas sweaters. I thought about snatching them all up and sending them through the blog world haha


Sarah December 19, 2009

Cool – sounds like you guys all had a great time. I love the winning couple, and they’re so cute together – but those outfits were terrible! lol. thank you for posting the pictures, it gave me a good giggle.


Kristi December 19, 2009

I love Jamie and Henrick’s outfits!!!! So funny! Nice work, Eric :) Looks like you had a blast!!! :)


Anne P December 19, 2009

That looks so fun! I love ugly sweater parties :)


Janna December 19, 2009

Even with that getup you still managed to look stunning.

Eric sews? Woooow.

Love the hoouse decor and the outfits :)

And sangria.. YUM, have to remember to make that at some point!


alison December 19, 2009

looks like you had a great party. i agree with the less alcohol needed as you get older thing. you probably are very comfortable in your own skin. enjoy your day!


Kath December 19, 2009

Haha – cute party!!


Karla December 19, 2009

I love sweater parties! I had one last week! My sweater was pretty bad!


Lily @ Lily's Health Pad December 19, 2009

I love that Eric sewed the decals himself!


Brandi December 19, 2009

OMG what a heinous party! LOL I love it!

I have an Arbonne Giveaway on my blog that I would like to personally invite you to enter. Arbonne is a vegan certified skincare and haircare company (no animal ingredients or testing). Hope to see you on the flip side.


Christy December 19, 2009

Cute party & outfits! And I’m for sure an early shopper… Last min stuff is just too stressful, what if you can’t get/find everything?!?!


Maria (Tough Cookie) December 19, 2009

Looks like fun! You look sooooo cute!


Meghan@traveleatlove December 19, 2009

Looks like a blast! I love sangria. My secret is a 1/2 cup or so of Lillet Blanc.
We keep our heat at 60, so 64 seems balmy! :)


Jessie (Vegan-minded) December 19, 2009

You look adorable in your outfit! Looks like a lot of fun and good food. :)
That sangria looks amazing too!


Nicole December 19, 2009

Awesome looking party!! Your friends look hilarious and fun to hang out with!! :)


VegFigureSk8er December 19, 2009

your party looks like it was a hit! love that you rocked the pj pants! :)


Jewel December 19, 2009

Looks like fun! Eric did a great job on his sweater…LOL!

My kids left South Florida late Thursday night to spend Christmas in your neck of the woods! They are in Canada with their dad and family.

So of course I am using my time wisely and doing all of my shopping LAST MINUTE this week while they are gone!


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